Steve Jobs pitches the city of Cupertino on a gigantic, circular "office complex" with its own power supply and, of course, a totally gorgeous design. Our question: does it come with its own Arc reactor? Also, World IPv6 Day is actually about preventing riots in the streets. Now do you care? And we found out right after the show ended that the Facebook profile pic tattoo story is a hoax. So now we hate the Internet, but we're still a little relieved.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Samsung is apparently looking to co-opt the team of modders behind CyanogenMod. The company sent Galaxy S II smartphones to the four chief developers behind Cyanogen in the mail, free of charge.
Cyanogen is basically a customization of the Android OS that gives users extra functionality like the ability to overclock a phone's CPU, add custom skins, and more.
Cyanogen developer @atinm tweeted earlier this week, apparently after receiving the phone:W00t! Just received the SGS2 from Samsung so we can work on CyanogenMod for it! You will not hear me bad-mouth Samsung again. :)
CyanogenMod team member Kolja Dummann told Wired.com that the developers had asked the company about getting their hands on the phones after they debuted in Europe--Dummann is based in Germany, other team members are elsewhere, including in the U.S.--and Samsung agreed, sending the phones with a request to get Cyanogen working on the phone.… Read more
Rumors are swirling that Samsung is in the process of compiling an acquisition bid for Nokia, the Dow Jones is reporting.
Though the publication didn't cite its source, it said that "market speculation" suggests Samsung is evaluating an offer for Nokia.
That speculation, the news service says, is born from the financial troubles Nokia is currently enduring. At the end of last month, Nokia lowered its outlook for the second quarter of 2011, as well as the entire year, due to "the competitive dynamics and market trends across multiple price categories." The company said that … Read more
Apple is the easily outstripping all other hardware makers in semiconductor spending, a new report from IHS iSuppli has found.
According to the research firm, Apple spent $17.5 billion on semiconductors in 2010, representing a whopping 79.6 percent increase over the $9.7 billion it spent in 2009. That year, Apple was ranked third among semiconductor buyers behind Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Samsung.
And with that leap in spending, IHS iSuppli said, Apple now finds itself--"for the first time ever"--the largest buyer of semiconductors among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.
This time around, HP finds … Read more
For anybody who loves tech and gadgets, it's not hard to see the appeal of the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. It's a small, good-looking, affordable laptop the whole purpose of which is to keep you connected to your life online. It's even more attractive to those of us who have stopped using programs like Microsoft Office in favor of Web-based apps like Google Docs and Gmail. Add in the promise of all-day battery life (all workday, that is), built-in security, invisible OS and app updates, and instant-on performance and it all sounds pretty good.
Even turning the … Read more
First introduced back at CTIA 2011, Cricket Wireless announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Indulge, the carrier's first Android smartphone from Samsung. The Indulge costs $329.99 off contract and requires Cricket's $55 Android plan, which includes unlimited talk and data, text (domestic and international) and multimedia messaging, navigation, and more.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Indulge for MetroPCS, the Android 2.2 device features a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 3-megapixel camera, and TouchWiz 3.0. The Indulge also offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, but unlike … Read more
The HTC Evo 3D is one of the most anticipated phones of the year, but it's not going to be for everyone. If it's something simple and affordable you're after, then the Samsung Trender might be more your speed.
Available now from Sprint for $29.99 with a two-year contract, the Trender is a messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen. The handset comes preloaded with an instant messaging client and provides access to popular e-mail services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, and AOL. The Trender also supports threaded text messaging and comes … Read more
Large dial pad buttons keep it simple, and a call quality so unclouded we had to ask several times to make sure our callers were still on the line is a rarity among most cell phones, period, no matter how many rabbits their software pulls out of a hat.
Of course, we wouldn't say no to a few more software tricks and to updated specs in general, but for … Read more
Google's Android retained the top spot of the U.S. smartphone operating system market over the three months ending in April, gaining 5.2 percentage points to capture 36.4 percent of all smartphone users, said ComScore today.
In second place, Apple's iOS also managed to win over more of the market, eking out a 1.3 percent gain to grab 26 percent share.
Next on the list was RIM's BlackBerry with a 25.7 percent share, down almost five points from the prior quarter. Microsoft's Windows Phone and HP's PalmOS both also lost share, … Read more
On today's show, "worms from hell" a mile or more underground. We get a look at Windows 8 and we dig it, a lot. Google says a Chinese hacker got into hundreds of Gmail accounts, which China (not surprisingly) denies. Plus, Molly gets a new boyfriend to take to the bunker (which gets grilled cheese sandwiches in addition to its chicken and Gaga), and we get schooled on matters of space shuttle transportation.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more